By Luna Coyne, Alex J. Coyne
HARTBEESPOORT, NORTH-WEST – A reported incident of racism at a restaurant in Hartbeespoort has sparked an outrage on Facebook.
This post was made on Facebook by the original poster Natty Letlape on January 5 at 1:28PM:
“This man’s name is Mark and working for THE WINDMILL RESTAURANT in HAARTEBEES. As my wife Ayanda Zulu and I were walking into the restaurant, this dude says: “Oh… Some more baboons.” Let’s make him famous. Bloody agent!!!!”
The post received 147 comments and 110 likes and reactions at the time of writing.
“Should have kicked his ass” says commenter Kgomotso Matabane.
According to some of the comments, racism is common in the town of Hartbeespoort. “Hartebees is crawling with idiots like this.. been there a couple times and have experienced more racism than anywhere else” says MisFlo Moloi.
Mike Swanga Ramasimong commented that he has also experienced similar “My wife and I once had the same experience at the windmill we tried to adress it and we where laughed at by the manager”
Other comments ranged from “That is shameful” to “He should be fired!!!!”, while many other commenters called for the incident to be reported to the local police. A minority of comments reflected further racism and inflammatory comments directed at the waiter.
The restaurant’s official Facebook page was tagged in the original post. There has been no response from the restaurant at the time of writing.
Natty was asked for a personal comment for the article, and says, “I’m just disturbed by the fact that some people still think black people are inferior and are compared to animals.”
He went on to describe his experience, “After my encounter at the restaurant, I immediately went to open a case against him at the Haarties SAPS, but the white police lady officer tried by all means to dissuade me from opening a case. She kept telling me the disadvantages of opening a crimen injuria case, and I have it all on video. I’ll be posting it later today.”
– Would you like to report an incident of racism? Visit the South African Human Rights Commission website at http://www.sahrc.org.za
– Have you had trouble getting your local police to lay a charge, even when the law says that you have the right? Lay a complaint with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate. Get in touch with them at complaints[at]ipid.gov.za